THREE CAR ACCIDENT SATURDAY
Saturday afternoon at 2:39 PM, Greenville Police and Bond County EMS were called to the scene of a 3-car accident, at the corner of 4th and Main Streets in Greenville. According to the report, Kieth McClure, 42, of Bingham, was westbound, in a 1997 Ford Pick-up Truck, on Main Street approaching 4th Street, when he allegedly ran the stop sign, colliding with Ashley Heckman's 1999 Chrysler 300. Heckman, age 24, of Greenville was southbound on 4th Street. The collision caused both vehicles to veer to the west side of the intersection where McClure's truck struck another vehicle, a 2006 Dodge Stratus, driven by Cindy Bohannon, 39, of Greenville, who was stopped, eastbound, at the intersection. Larry Miller, a passenger in the McClure vehicle, was taken to Greenville Regional Hospital, by Bond County EMS, for treatment. Heckman and Bohannan transported themselves to Greenville Regional Hospital for treatment. McClure admitted to Greenville Police that he ran the stop sign and was cited for alleged failure to yield right of way at a stop sign at an intersection.
$4 BILLION EXPANSION PLANNED FOR WOOD RIVER REFINERY
It could be an expansion, worth more than $4 billion and 1500 construction jobs, and it's located in Roxana. ConocoPhillips and area communities are planning for the expansion of the Wood River Refinery. According to Director of Community Affairs, Melissa Erker, a retired Roxana School Superintendent was hired to connect potential workers with housing and other community needs.
Erker says that permits were granted for the project last year, but have been held up due to subsequent appeals by environmental groups. She explained that once the Illinois air permit is received, construction would likely begin soon thereafter.
The Wood River Refinery is marked as a substation for the proposed Keystone Oil Pipeline. Erker says the Wood River expansion and the Keystone project go hand-in-hand.
WORK BEGAN FRIDAY ON CITY OF GREENVILLE PARKING LOTS
At the most recent Greenville City Council meeting, it was announced that the City would be working on all of their city parking lots throughout town. Work began Friday with the lot across from the Greenville Public Libary.
Crews will continue early this week with the remaining lots. It's been several years since any work has been done to the various parking areas.
DRUG RESISTANT BACTERIA KNOWN APPEARING IN SEVERAL STATES
It's closed over a dozen schools on the East Coast, along with one in Naperville, IL. It's responsible for the death of two students and the hospitalizations of many others in several states. It's called MRSA and it's a staph-infection caused by a drug-resistant bacteria. Nearly 25-30% of the population carries the staphylococcus bacteria in their bodies or on their skin. It's actually the most common form of skin infection in the U.S. But MRSA affects about 1% of that group and is more dangerous because it is drug resistant.
According to Melanie Arnold, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health, MRSA has been around for awhile, but until now there's never been a really good way of tracking it. She said that in the past, MRSA has been viewed as "hospital associated", while now, we're seeing that healthy people are becoming infected, otherwise known as "community associated" MRSA.
Some tips to follow include practice good hygiene, keep cuts and scrapes bandaged and do not share personal items such as towels or razors. If you have a skin infection that is red, swollen, painful and not healing, consult your doctor. It's estimated that MRSA kills 19,000 people a year in the United States.
LOCAL TRICK OR TREAT HOURS
It's that time of year again, time for the ghouls and goblins to "Trick-or-Treat". Halloween is Wednesday, October 31st, and children, 12 years-old and younger, are invited to come out during these local hours.
Greenville, from 5:30-8PM.
Pocahontas, from 5-8PM
Keyesport, from 6-8:30PM
Sorento, from 5-8PM
Carlyle, from 6-8PM
Vandalia, from 6-8PM
Highland, from 5-9PM
The Greenville Police Department also offers these tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween night. Children should use flashlights, only go to doors where porch lights are on, stay in groups or confine their activity to familiar neighborhoods and cross streets only at intersections while looking both ways. Small children should be accompanied by an adult. And costumes should contain reflective material.
Children should never accept candy from strangers, and parents need to inspect all candy before it is eaten. If you notice any suspicious activity or if any suspicious treats are found, notify your local police department immediately.
The Bond County Sheriff's Department is investigating several residential burglaries. The burglaries have been in rural areas of the county, and have been happening during the daytime. A variety of items have been stolen.
Citizens are encouraged to contact the Bond County Sheriff's Office if they see any suspicious activity, such as anyone going house to house selling items, such as meat salesmen, etc.
Anyone with information, please call the Sheriff's Department at 664-2151.
OCTOBER 18TH KASKASKIA COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met on October 18th. The Board approved the resignation of Stanton Carroll, as Director of the Truck Driver Training Program and approved the academic calendar for 2008-09. Also approved was the campus wide ID system for students and staff. The first phase of the system, will be to produce identification cards for students and staff and the second phase will be to create a fully integrated transactional system, that will allow the cards to be used for purchases on campus.
A few Protection, Health and Safety Projects were approved including replacement of the wooden walkway bridge, fire hydrant replacement, security enhancements, and Phase II of the science lab renovations.
SAFER AND WARMER HOME THIS WINTER
Preparation is key to a safer, warmer home this winter. The Illinois Electric Council, an education and outreach organization, committed to promoting the safe, efficient use of electricity, urges you to winterize your home by: caulking and weather stripping any drafty spots such as doors, windows, and outlets; installing a programmable thermostat; having a professional inspect your furnace before use; and cleaning or replacing furnace filters monthly.
While winterizing, take the time to check for electrical hazards such as: overloaded outlets, frayed or cracked cords, and light bulbs that are unsecured in light fixtures or have improper wattage. Also be sure to test smoke detectors and all ground fault circuit interrupter outlets monthly. If outside outlets or outlets in bathrooms and kitchens aren’t GFCIs, have them professionally installed.
VOLUNTARY SELF-EXCLUSION PROGRAM
This week, the Illinois Lottery launched a Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program. The program prevents problem gamblers from collecting large lottery prizes, over $600.00, and removes them from direct mail and e-mail lists. The lottery will maintain a computer database containing the Social Security numbers of those who have signed contracts. If a lottery winner tries to claim a prize more than $600.00 at one of the lottery payment centers, the database will be consulted and those players on the self-exclusion list will be denied payment.
"By instituting the Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program, we are helping problem gamblers help themselves by limiting their incentives to buy lottery tickets," said Jodie Winnett, Acting Superintendent of the Illinois Lottery.
A similar program initiated by the Illinois Gaming Board in 2002, has been remarkably successful with over 5000 participants to date.
Anyone who is concerned about a gambling problem, can reach crisis counseling and referral services at 1-800-426-2537.
LPN PROGRAM OFFERED AT NEW VANDALIA KC CAMPUS
Kaskaskia College has announced that it will offer Licensed Practical Nursing classes at the new Vandalia Campus beginning in January 2008. Students who complete the 11-month program will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam to become an LPN. Applicants to the program must be Certified Nurse Assistants and have completed classes in Biology, Math and Computers.
An application worksheet is available on the college website or from the Admissions Department at KC. The worksheet must be submitted no later than December 17th. For more information, contact Mary Lou Whitten at 545-3331.
GREENVILLE PLANNING COMMISSION OCTOBER PREVIEW
The Greenville Planning Commission will meet Monday night at 7PM at City Hall for their regular monthly meeting. Items on the agenda include changes to the Greenville Municipal Code Sign Ordinance and revisions to the Greenville Core of Ordinances regarding Special Uses in B-1 and B-2 Business Zoning Districts.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
The Greenville Comets football team finished the regular season 9-0 with a win on Friday. The Comets will host Flora in the first round of the playoffs Friday at 7pm. That game can be heard here on WGEL Radio.
The Highland Bulldogs football team beat Charleston on Friday and finished the regular season 5-4. The Bulldogs earned a playoff birth and will play at Mattoon, game-time and date are to be determined.
JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL
The Greenville Junior High Lady Bluejays basketball team and the Lady Greyhounds of Sorento played on Friday. Greenville won the game 34-4 with Shelby Barber the leading scorer with 12 points. The Lady Bluejays also played Litchfield on Saturday. The 8th grade team lost 45-18, and the 7th grade team also lost 25-19. The Lady Bluejays will play today at home against Breese All-Saints Academy.
The Pocahontas Lady Indians basketball team posted three wins recently over Mulberry Grove, Mt. Olive and Brownstown. These three wins raised the varsity Lady Indians to 6-1 on the season.
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL
It was a clean sweep for the Greenville Lady Comets volleyball team over East Alton Wood River on Thursday. The Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman teams all posted wins. The Varsity team is now 24-4 and the Junior Varsity is 20-1.
GUY CHARLES (CHARLIE) CHASEY
Guy Charles (Charlie) Chasey, age 89, of Pleasant Mound, passed away Saturday, October 20th, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. Funeral services for 89 year-old Guy Chasey will be Wednesday at 9:00 am at Young Funeral Home in Greenville. Interment will be at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Pleasant Mound Community Center.
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